I’m not sure why Greta Christina seems to have taken the brunt of this particular tirade, but apparently affirmative atheism is “evil in one of its purest forms“.
Because we happen to think we’re right where other people are mistaken, and we’re trying to win people around to our way of thinking.
Holy shit. I wonder what this guy’ll think when he sees a political campaign for the first time.
The Slacktiverse, the blog on which the bizarre rant against proselytisation was posted, has since responded to some of the criticism it received. It’s not very interesting. It uses the word “trolls” more than I suspect is justified in characterising people who responded negatively, and defends the post by pointing out that it wasn’t technically “hate speech”, or trying to restrict anyone else’s free expression, and so they didn’t want to censor it when it was submitted.
Which would be fine, if it actually addressed the bulk of the complaints about it, which as far as I can tell are mostly about how the premise it’s based on is moronic.
What Greta Christina advocates–what any atheist advocates when they suggest “increasing the numbers of atheists” as a laudable goal, what any adherent of any religion advocates when they suggest “increasing the number of members of my religion”–is evil in one of its purest forms.
What Greta Christina has made very clear that she’s advocating – in the very article he quotes to try and make his point – is for atheists to publicly discuss the reasons for their nonbelief, and to criticise fallacious and irrational arguments for the existence of God when they are encountered, with the proposed goal of decreasing the world’s total religiosity.
If you want to argue that that’s evil, we’re not saying you shouldn’t be allowed to do so. But we still get to call you an idiot. We don’t get to forcibly shut you up and repress your expression of opinions just because we find it offensive. But we can point out that it is offensive.
So, yeah. Some guy I’ve never heard of is an ass. Big news.